grasping at straws …

grasping at straws …

some days you’re all: I’m going to do a big ol’ blog post about STRAW EXERCISES because NO ONE HAS DONE ONE OF THOSE BEFORE …

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and then you’re all:

oorrrr …

roughly A MILLION people have already done big ol’ blog posts (and podcasts and YouTube videos and journal articles, ET CETERA) about straw exercises so why don’t you just quote the heck out of those folks already (which leaves you more time for drinking wine and congratulating yourself on being a freaking genius #isallImsayin)?

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yeah. so … I’m going to do THAT*.

HERE COME THE LINKADOODLES (#youvebeenwarned):

I love the internet

posts of epic proportions

SOVT Exercises from our friends over at voicescienceworks.org [this is the blog post I wish I had written #truestory]

Mix It Up Monday Straw Exercises from Matt Edwards [if you haven’t already, you really should subscribe to this blog. #justsayin]

NATS Chat with Dr. Titze from 2011 [it’s a TRANSCRIPT, y’all – read ’em and WEEP]

Straws for Everyone! from our friends over at The Voice Lab [short, sweet, SUPER INFORMATIVE]

Straw Phonation Takes Center Stage from Kristie Knickerbocker [not gonna’ lie: I love her name so much I say it to myself eight or ten times every time I see it. … you’re doing it too, now, aren’t you? #yourewelcome]**

audio-visual content ftw

side by side comparison strobes of singing with and without a straw from Mindy Pack (who’s singing in the clip) and Dr. Reena Gupta (who’s doing the scopes) [you guys, THIS BLEW MY MIND … #isallImsayin]

talking through what you’re seeing on the side by side comparison strobes of singing with and without a straw from YOURS TRULY [yep. it’s me. ūüôā ]

Singing Through a Straw … It Will Change Your Life! podcast episode from our friends at The Naked Vocalist [#thatnametho #clever]

The Science Behind the Straw Exercise video series from the folks at NCVS [kickin’ really old school with the ol’ youtube interview format but, you know, it’s INGO TITZE so #SHUSHANDLISTEN]

Using SOVT Exercises podcast episode from John Henny [John has a bunch of good podcast episodes about straw phonation and SOVT exercises you can check out … he even has a code you can use to save on purchasing your very own OOVO STRAW [they’re #ALLTHERAGE right now, friends. #pinkyswear]]

EDITED TO ADD these 3 awesome YouTube thinggies:

Straws Will Save Your Life with Tom Burke

Singing with Straws with Dr. Dan

Free Your Voice by Singing Into a Straw with Karyn Lane O’Connor at SingWise

also

THIS WHOLE DANGED WEBSITE THAT’S DEDICATED TO STRAW PHONATION

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for searching the internets for ya’ … because there’s absolutely no way you would have done that on your own #amiright?

#singyourfaceoff

* It’s like a #fridayfavefive only it’s not Friday and there are more than five things … SO NOT AT ALL LIKE A FRIDAY FAVE FIVE.

** That’s not creepy at all, right?

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friday fav five – 18|08|17

ALLTHETOOLS edition

1. Favourite FB Live “Unboxing”: Joslin Romphf Dennis Unpacks Her Rolling Studio and BLOWS MY MIND WITH HER SKILZ

Seriously folks: even if you teach in a studio and have all of your teaching resources and tools available to you on the regular? YOU WILL LEARN SOMETHING FROM THIS UNBOXING. #pinkyswear (Also: if you think you’re an organizational genius right now? YOU’RE GOING TO NEED TO RETHINK THAT. #justsayin)

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my brain. it just exploded. with sheer awesomeness. 

 

2. Favourite YouTube Video: Five Minute Readiness Routine with Catherine Pavlik that will UNBLOW YOUR MIND (in the best possible way)

What is this? OH JUST A SUPER CHILL READINESS ROUTINE USING EFT TAPPING AND ENERGY DIRECTION TO GET YOU READY TO DO YOUR THANG. #YOUREWELCOME.

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and now i am focused and ready to roll. or, you know, do the cat things i need to do.

 

3. Favourite Pass-It-Along-To-Your-Students Blog Post: Silent Practice by Christin Coffee Rondeau from Sand Dollar Music

Is one of your singers giving you the business because they were sick so THEY COULDN’T PRACTICE THIS WEEK?! Yeah well, send them this and tell them to stop their whining already. #noexcuses (Also? If that singer comes to their lesson and they can’t make a sound? Nikki Loney over at The Full Voice HAS YOU COVERED.)

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you are the boss and you can shut that business down and now you have the tools.

 

4. Favourite Voice-Geek-Tastic Webinar Series: 2018 Fall Webinar Series from The Fall Voice Conference

With topics like¬†“Tremors and Quakes: Involuntary Movement Disorders of the Larynx” and¬†‚ÄúPractical Pharyngeal and Esophageal High Resolution Manometry‚ÄĚ this webinar series appeals to the HIGHEST LEVEL OF GEEKERY POSSIBLE. #thatscool

that is a lot of voice geekery right there. and it is making me tired.

 

5. Favourite Think-About-It Blog Series: Reflections on Voice-Related Environments by D. Brian Lee from Vocalability

I love Brian’s thought-FULL words. If you have a beverage that’s waiting to be consumed and a few minutes for reflection, WHY NOT DO THAT THING WITH BRIAN?!

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this beverage is my favourite thing. i do not want to share it with brian.

And as always … go on and teach your face off.

Go on and find #voicepedme on all the things:

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friday fav five – 18|3|16

let’s have some nearly-the-end-of-march-break* funness

 

1. favourite blog post: The 5-Minute Connection: Teaching the Whole Student by Marisa Gray Atha

Friends, this is a BEAUTIFUL reflection on how and why we teach the whole singer, and includes some practical advice about how to connect with that whole singer in the first five minutes of their lesson.

[I mean, if that blog post didn’t make you want to send flowers to YOUR voice teacher(s), maybe do a quick pulse-check.]

 

2. favourite FB live: How to Handle Rejection with Joyce DiDonato

I. can’t. even. with how great this FB Live is**. Send it to your students, even if they’re not classical singers and don’t know who Joyce DiDonato is (maybe include a link to her website¬†so they get the picture? I mean, she’s kind of like the Idina Menzel of the opera world, #amiright?***).¬† If you don’t have twenty minutes, just listen for the first twelve (although, I DARE YOU TO RESIST WATCHING THE REST OF THE AWESOMENESS THAT IS THAT VIDEO).

look, if you didn’t want to learn how to handle rejection, you should have adopted a dog. those slobbery beasts¬† have no standards whatsoever. they’re so gross.

3. favourite article: The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About by Christopher Reddy

I know, I know: CURSE.¬† Really? It’s not like your invitation to the ball was dropped in the woods by the horse-back riding messenger on their way to deliver it to you so you show up at the ball and curse ALL THE TEACHERS IN THE WORLD and DOOM THEM TO ETERNAL(ish) SLEEP ON THE EVE OF THE PRINCESS’S SIXTEENTH BIRTHDAY, right? Just ignore the clickbait title and get right to the article. (You know, if you want to know how you’re cursed.)

[Also? There’s a Friday the 13th in April. RELEVANT. THAT IS SO RELEVANT. If you want relevant stuff, write your own blog.]

 

4. favourite YouTube video: Angelica Hale Singing Girl On Fire on America’s Got Talent ****

Okay. I get cranky when young children sing things they shouldn’t sing and try to sound like adults while doing it. I think we all know that about me by now.THIS? Is not that. Let me count the ways this is not that:

  • appropriate rep (oh man, do I LOVE me some girl-power tunes)
  • sounds like a kid
  • even vibrancy
  • beautiful tuning (for pop singing. don’t you classical singers get all up in my face about the tuning – THAT IS SOME FANTASTIC POP TUNING RIGHT THERE)
  • no evidence of developing tension patterns

YAAASSSS. #thefuturelooksbright

that girl was amazing. and i would like to chew on her sneakers. or the laces at least.

5. favourite webinar: 2018 Fall Voice Webinar Series #1 – Tremors and Quakes: Involuntary Movement Disorders of the Larynx with Mark S. Courey

This is a LOT OF SCIENCY MEDICAL STUFF … but if you’re into that? You’re gonna’ love geeking out on this. (Thanks to Cate Frazier-Neely for the heads up!)

Have a great week and …

You can teach your face off … I can help!

*It’s Friday of the March Break (aka Spring Break, aka a week off school at the end of the winter that a lot of people take advantage of to go somewhere warm or to go skiing but that we are using to renovate our house. We are not fun people.) here in Ontario, Canada.

**#trueconfession: I’m kind of a little bit in FULL ON LOVE with Joyce DiDonato. She seems like a very fun person.

***I have absolutely no idea who to compare Joyce DiDonato to in the CCM world. Like, zero. (Clearly, I am not a fun person.)

**** Yes. I am aware that this video is from, like 2017. I just saw it for the first time this week. I think people have stopped sending me videos of kids singing for fear of how grumpy I am, in general, about this kind of thing. (Because: not a fun person, obviously.)

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